Workout – haven’t gotten to that yet. The plan is for 9 easy miles. 7:45-8 minute pace. I’ll fill you in the very interesting deets after the run goes down.
Black is my go to color. My running wardrobe is almost 100% black bottoms, with some color mixed in with the tops – pinks, blue, purple…but I usually default to black.
Right after the race – once again greeted with “Mom! You won second!! Yay!!!” If anything, I am teaching my children that it is A-ok to not win. at anything. eventually I will win. it’s just not my time. yet.
The only time I will ever stand out in a crowd wearing black, is at a St. Patrick’s Day 5k race. All green. I show up in all black. that’s how I roll.
my cheering crew.
get that paparazzi away from her – she’s not interested in photographs at the moment, that Alexandra.
My little Anna beauty. She got all dressed up for the occasion.
18:42 (42 second PR)
2nd place female
22nd place overall out of 2567 people
Record number of people for this race. It couldn’t possibly be because it was UNBELIEVABLY GORGEOUS OUTSIDE!!! The weather was amazing. I don’t think it was even 60 degrees, but it was sunny, and warm and perfect weather to run a fast 5k with a head cold.
My breathing could have been better. Wheezing while you are sprinting certainly isn’t ideal, but good to know that it’s doable. It couldn’t have been too bad, to get me a PR, but it would have been nice to have been able to breathe with 100% of my lung capacity. such is life.
I have totally underestimated the 5k, until this race. They are pretty darn fun. Here’s my list of reasons why YOU should find the next 5k and DO IT!
1. It fits into ANY training plan. It’s 3.1 miles. You don’t need to taper for it. You don’t need to change your schedule for it.
2. It’s only 3.1 miles – you don’t need to go crazy figuring out what to eat and when and how much and all that carb loading jazz – you’ve got enough fuel stored at any given moment for a 5k.
3. Any level runner can do it. If you are super fast or super slow and just getting started – it’s a GREAT way to run a race and FEEL GOOD about accomplishing something. There is nothing like finishing a race, no matter what the length
4. For those who are in the middle of training for a bigger race, or a PR, it’s a great, short test of speed and how the training is paying off.
5. It’s not a time consuming race. Get there, run it. Done. It doesn’t take up your whole morning. This race didn’t start until 1pm. We had the whole morning to lay around and do nothing get chores done around the house, chase kids around, and then fit in 2 birthday parties after. Win win win all around.
6. If it’s nice weather out, like yesterday, you can break out the shorts and tank. Which also forces one to shave the legs and not look like a cavewoman. for which my husband is probably eternally grateful.
5k’s seem to be a dime a dozen – they are everywhere now! If you are in the middle of training or don’t know where to begin – find a 5k and test the waters.
You might even get a cool race tshirt like this green beauty…
And here’s how I felt about MY race…
I ALWAYS go out too fast. This isn’t such a bad thing in a 5k, because it’s short. And there’s not a lot of time to really slow down too much. I think my first two miles were 5:45 and 5:57. I slowed quite a bit in the last mile.
Even though it is only a 5k, I think that the rollers and slight incline changes really make it a little tough. which is good, but yesterday wasn’t truly a flat course. It was enough of a challenge to really make me work.
I think running a FAST 5k is harder than a 15 –18 mile long run. just saying. I looked at my watch at 1.57 miles and couldn’t believe I still had over 1.5 more to go. And then it’s over.
I’ve done so much speedwork on the treadmill, it was nice to know I could pull the speed card on the road.
While I’m running, I feel like I’m giving it ALL I’ve got. As soon as I cross the finish and let 5 minutes pass, I wonder why I didn’t push it harder in the end. I want to push it so hard in the end that I don’t have that thought. I want to take nothing with me when I finish any race.
I like the 5k. It was fun.
Who has a 5k, 10k or any k coming up?
Who did some fun long runs this weekend?
What is your favorite race shirt you have received for a race?
Tell me about your fun and exciting weekends!?